This Halloween, consider adding another item to your front porch décor: a teal pumpkin.
Trick-or-treating is a delightful Halloween tradition for most kids. But for those who have food allergies, it can be harmful and even deadly. That’s why the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) organization launched the Teal Pumpkin Project.
A teal pumpkin on the porch lets families know that there are non-food treats—stickers, pencils, glow sticks, bubbles—available for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or for whom candy is not an option. Your teal pumpkin doesn't have to be fancy, just visible. You can paint it with teal paint found at any craft store.
In addition to the non-food treats, try to fill your candy bowl with candy that is safe for most children. Griffith resident Krissy VanderWoude, whose sons Gram and Levi have severe nut allergies, recommends Tootsie Rolls, Andes mints, Dots, Skittles, Starburst, and other such nut-free candies. “I would like to personally extend a heartfelt thank-you to anyone that takes this seriously and considers these allergies when choosing the candy they will pass out,” VanderWoude says. “It is scary enough to send your child out into the world, but when candy or peanut butter, both childhood staples, could kill my child, it brings on an entirely new set of fears.”
To learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project, visit foodallergy.org.